VMware to acquire Heptio

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Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware.
Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware.

VMware has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Heptio, a company involved in the open Kubernetes ecosystem.

The terms of the deal, announced at VMworld in Barcelona this morning, were not disclosed.

Kubernetes is an open source container-orchestration system for automating deployment, scaling and management of containerised applications. Heptio's products help organisations deploy and operationalise Kubernetes.

Heptio was founded in 2016 by Joe Beda and Craig McLuckie, two of the creators of Kubernetes, and has developed a range of products, open source projects and contributions to upstream Kubernetes.

The company has also done extensive work through training, support and professional services that speed integration of Kubernetes and related technologies into the fabric of enterprise IT.

VMware says the acquisition of Heptio will open new channels for VMware to further engage the open source community and harden upstream Kubernetes as well as support the cloud-native needs of enterprises across the board.

In addition, software and services company Pivotal and VMware have delivered PKS (Pivotal Container Service), a comprehensive Kubernetes portfolio that covers customer use cases for on-premises deployment and as a cloud service. The offerings allow enterprises to operate Kubernetes and run all their modern applications in a cloud-agnostic way.

Open framework for multi-cloud

Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware, says Kubernetes is becoming an open framework for multi-cloud infrastructure that allows large enterprises to run modern applications.

Once the deal is closed, Heptio products and services will bolster and extend VMware's efforts with PKS to establish Kubernetes as the de facto standard for infrastructure across clouds.

McLuckie, who is CEO and co-founder of Heptio, says his team has been focused on Kubernetes, developing products and solutions that make it easier to manage multiple clusters across multiple clouds.

"Now we will be tapping into VMware's cloud native resources and proven ability to execute, amplifying our impact. VMware's interest in Heptio is a recognition that there is so much innovation happening in open source. We are jointly committed to contribute even more to the community, resources, ideas and support."

The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of VMware's 2019 fiscal year, subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals. It is not expected to have a material impact on the fiscal 2019 operating results.

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